As of Tuesday, May 30th, MODOT construction has shifted to the eastern entrance into the Library (closest to Walgreens) and the western entrance is now open.
The burgeoning need for a library in the Rock Hill community became apparent in the early 1940s. While the city of Rock Hill operated their own schools, residents were still required to visit neighboring towns to use a public library. On November 19, 1943, representatives from several prominent local organizations, including the Lion’s Club and the Rock Hill Improvement Association, came together at Fairfax House to form the Rock Hill Village Library Association. Through tireless effort and generous donations of time and materials, the Rock Hill Public Library first opened its doors on June 4, 1944. Housed in two second-floor rooms of the historic Fairfax House, the library numbered 1600 books and was open two days a week. During these early years, the library was staffed entirely by volunteers.
After a period of some financial uncertainty, a 10¢ tax was submitted and approved in 1947, giving the library a solid fiscal base from which to grow. Following the passage of this tax, a Board of Trustees was formed to manage the library’s budget and a full-time librarian was hired.
In 1957 the library was moved to the old Lions Club property at 9620 Manchester Road, the site of the future Rock Hill City Hall. The newer facilities allowed the library to expand its collection to over 6000 books and diversify its services. While the new city hall building was under construction at this site from 1963 to 1964, the library was temporarily housed in the Rock Hill Presbyterian Church. When the new Rock Hill City Hall and Library was completed and dedicated May 16, 1965, the library owned 20,000 volumes and employed a staff of five people.
On May 31, 1996, the Rock Hill Public Library and seven other local libraries formed the Municipal Library Consortium (MLC). Webster Groves joined later, bringing the number of member libraries up to nine. Membership in the MLC has allowed Rock Hill Public Library to provide its patrons with a greatly expanded catalog of library material, as well as a convenient delivery service.
In August of 2005, the Rock Hill Public Library was forced to vacate its location in the City Hall building due to redevelopment. On January 3, 2006, the library reopened in the Colonial Square Shopping Center on Manchester. During this time, the library began to search for a permanent home with facilities that could accommodate its needs. After purchasing and renovating the old MAB paint store, the library finally moved into its current home at 9811 Manchester Road in July of 2012. Currently, the library houses over 19,000 volumes and employs two full-time employees and three part-time employees. The library celebrated 77 years of service to the community in 2021.
Board of Trustees
Ryan Shortal — President
Veronica Crowe –– Vice President
Stephanie Van Stee — Treasurer
Diane Madras & Patrick Long — Co-Secretaries
Do you love the library? Are you looking for a way to get involved in your community? The Rock Hill Library has a great volunteering opportunity! We have an open Board seat waiting to be filled by an enthusiastic Rock Hill resident. All applicants must live within the city limits of Rock Hill, Missouri. Please print and fill out the attached application, then scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 314-962-4723; please address all email inquiries to “Library Director.” We will contact each applicant with further information.
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Susan Hoch — Assistant Director/Tech Services
Deb — Circulation Clerk/Programming
Randi — Circulation Clerk/Marketing
Thank you to our teen volunteers during Summer Reading Club! Please check back here for future volunteering opportunities.
We have an ongoing book sale in the library and a book sale at the annual Rock Hill Fall Festival; we periodically accept both gently used books and DVDs. We are currently accepting donations of new and gently used books and DVDs.
The Rock Hill Public Library is looking for a part-time paid teen intern for the summer. The person in the position will provide assistance to the library’s children’s programming coordinator, register patrons for our Summer Reading Club, and assist with Summer Reading Club programs. Additionally, our ideal candidate will help organize and prepare craft kits, demonstrate excellent customer service skills, and perform general administrative tasks. Flexible scheduling dependent upon library needs and intern availability. $12/hour. Please complete the Summer Intern application (available at the library or download it here) and a brief letter stating why you would like the internship and send it via email or deliver it in person to Erin Phelps, Library Director, at email@example.com or 9811 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, MO 63119. If an applicant under the age of 16 is selected, they will also need to download and complete a work certificate here: https://labor.mo.gov/DLS/YouthEmployment/work_cert_permit
This position is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.